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About CSE

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a quality education in the Catholic tradition with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and a clear focus on preparing students for meaningful lives and rewarding careers.

CSE was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, and our mission today reflects the values they gave us – a moral grounding in our Catholic heritage; an emphasis on critical inquiry in the pursuit of knowledge; and a commitment to civic responsibility and social justice.

From those origins, CSE has built a legacy of providing students with an educational foundation for lives of ethical leadership in a wide range of careers and walks of life. Today, women and men of all ages and backgrounds come to CSE from 40 countries around the globe for the College's challenging academics, supportive learning environment, and close-knit community.

CSE is a multifaceted college with programs for women and men of diverse ages and backgrounds. Students have the following options in selecting a program of study that best meets their needs:


The undergraduate program enables students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to achieve their full potential academically, personally, spiritually, and professionally.

Continuing Studies

Flexible coeducational programs leading to a bachelor's degree meet the needs of adult learners seeking to advance their careers.

Graduate Studies

Evening, weekend and online master's and doctoral programs are designed to help students advance in high-demand fields and professions.

Professional Certificate/Certification Programs

CSE offers coeducational programs leading to certification in school counseling, education, sports nutrition and wellness, and certificates in management and ministry.

Online Programs

The College offers fully online graduate degrees in Justice Administration & Public Service and Nutrition. Many other programs offer hybrid and online courses as part of a degree or certificate.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, is to be a community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition for students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

Through the vision and values of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac and rooted in Gospel values and in Catholic Social Teaching, the College of Saint Elizabeth affirms its solidarity with the poor and its commitment in service to the community.

Read our Vision Statement and learn more about our Core Values.


The College was first incorporated under New Jersey State laws on May 19, 1900, and the first baccalaureate degrees were granted on June 18, 1903. In 1905 the New York State Board of Regents extended to the College of Saint Elizabeth a formal certificate of registration of its degrees, confirming earlier approval of its programs stated in letters of 1899 and 1901.

In 1917, the Association of American Universities placed the College of Saint Elizabeth in its Approved List of Colleges and Universities, ninety-six in all, seventeen for women, whose graduates were eligible for admission to the graduate schools of the 24 leading universities comprising the membership of the Association. The College was included also in the first published list of accredited colleges issued by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1921, and it has continuously maintained such accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is located at:

3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Telephone: (215) 662-5606. (For special professional accreditation see each department.)

The Office of the President maintains copies of all accreditation and approvals. An appointment with that office may be made to review these documents.

Federal Compliance

The College of Saint Elizabeth does not discriminate on the basis of sex, physical handicap, race, age, color, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other college policies, including employment.

The College of Saint Elizabeth complies with Title VI – Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Student inquiries concerning the implementation of these policies should be made to the Vice President for Student Life at (973) 290-4204. Employees should address inquiries to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer at (973) 290-4498. The address of federal agencies charges with enforcement of the referenced statutes may be obtained upon request.

The College of Saint Elizabeth, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act makes information available concerning campus security procedures and campus crime statistics and in the following offices: Admission; Business; Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students; Financial Aid; Registrar.

In accordance with the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, the College reports the graduation rate of full-time, first-time first-year students who entered in Fall 1996 and subsequent years to all current students by personalized e-mail and to prospective students who request the information. The report is available in the Admission office, Financial Aid office, and in the Registrar's office.

The College has adopted a policy to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 which protects the privacy of educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and provides guidelines for the correction of that record. The College informs students of their rights under FERPA including the right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information.

The College also adheres to the requirements of the Solomon-Pombo Amendment, which allows the United States Military access to college campuses for recruitment. This amendment also allows the military recruiters to student directory information without the student's prior approval. Students may obtain a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information Form from the Registrar's Office. Failure to request the withholding of directory information indicates approval for disclosure.

Copies of all College policies are available from the offices of the President, the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, or Registrar. Written complaints concerning allegations of failure to comply with the Act can be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20202-5920.